Straide Community Pastoral Council
Straide Community Pastoral Council is one of the longest established groups within the parish. It dates back to 1994 when Fr. Dermot Burns (R.I.P) was appointed Parish Priest. He set about establishing a group to advise on the needs of the parish community and how best those needs could be met.
The group feeds into a larger Cluster Parish Pastoral Group with representatives from Pastoral Councils of four neighbouring parishes (Foxford, Killasser, Attymass and Bonniconlon) meeting regularly and exchanging ideas. Strong links have built up over the years. Every summer the Cluster of Parishes produces a magazine which chronicles some of the key events in each of the five parishes. It is distributed free of charge and proves to be very popular.
Straide’s Community Pastoral Council has been extremely active over the years. Apart from assisting with, organising, and overseeing the various Church events, it has also planned various talks, pilgrimages and trips for the community, not to mention undertaking huge fundraising challenges over the years.
Christmas and Easter are two very special times for the Pastoral Council, as it prepares for these two great seasons of the Church Calendar. For Christmas, the Church is decorated in a spectacular fashion and attracts visitors from all over throughout the Christmas season. During Holy Week and Easter, the Church is decorated equally tastefully. Each Good Friday a group of approximately 40 parishioners re-enact the Passion Play.
In recent years the highlight of the Pastoral Council was the planning and celebration of the Church’s Centenary, with huge celebrations throughout the year. A commemorative Magazine was published in 2016 to mark the event.
Members of the Pastoral Council have also been involved in a very successful fundraising campaign to raise much needed funds to conserve the Church building following an outbreak of dry rot.
Well done, and God’s Blessings to all involved, and Eternal Peace to those who have served so faithfully in the past and are no longer with us.